Baked Chicken Makes Aussies Think of Texas

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Another overseas McDonald's is affixing the "Texas" adjective to one of its newest menu items in hopes of making it more popular with the eating public.

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Two months after the release of McDonald's Japan's Texas 2 Burger, McDonald's/Australia has begun testing its Texas Chicken Skewers at 44 restaurants in South Australia. Unlike the Texas 2 Burger, which paid a plausible edible homage to the Lone Star State with beef and chili beans, the skewers aren't immediately reminiscent of anything Texan. The $2 skewers (also available in a $5 three-skewer pack) are threaded with chicken, a snack more akin to street foods served in Southeast Asia.

But, unlike most chicken skewers, the Texas Chicken Skewers are oven-baked. "When you look at our core menu, the things that people love about McDonald's, I still think that we need to find ways to evolve our core menu where you don't have to sacrifice taste for health," McDonald's/Australia managing director Catriona Noble told The Sydney Morning Herald in a story quoted by the Burger Business website.

Other new oven-baked items include a chicken parmigiana wrap and fish nuggets shaped like stars.

The skewers haven't been an immediate hit at McDonald's, affectionately known down under as Macca's.

"Personally, I don't think the chicken skewers will last. They're a bit odd tasting," a comment writer on a local online forum opined. "Who wants to munch on a skewer from McDonald's really? Be better if it was thrown into a wrap like a kebab or something, with skewer removed."

Another writer with behind-the-scenes experience agreed:

"Damn, were they a pain to make," the commenter wrote.


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McDonald's is really a brand name in all over World and i love its Chicken McGrill so much. 

Zibby
Zibby

When I visited Australia a few years back I did a lot of explaining to people that being from the US didn't necessarily mean you were from Texas.

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